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Intel-powered Android Smartphone Headed to Orange

By - Source: Engadget | B 17 comments

Meet the Santa Clara, Europe's first Intel-powered Android.

This past year at CES, Intel made quite a splash when it unveiled the first Intel-powered smartphone. Since then we've heard surprisingly little about Intel's plans for the smartphone market. However, just because the company has been staying relatively quiet about its smartphone plans, that doesn't mean it's been resting on its laurels. This past weekend at Mobile World Congress, European wireless carrier Orange confirmed that Europe was to get its first Intel-powered Android device in the form of the Santa Clara.

The Santa Clara packs that all-important Atom Z2460 1.6GHz processor, a 4-inch (600x1024) display, an 8-megapixel camera (1080p video and burst capture of up to 10 shots a second), HSPA speeds of 21.1Mbps down and 5.6Mbps up, HDMI-out, and NFC. Orange says that the phone will be aggressively priced when it does launch this coming summer. However, the name probably won't stick. 'Santa Clara' was billed as a codename only and we imagine Orange will have something a little catchier by the time the summer rolls around.

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    olaf , February 27, 2012 5:14 PM
    EU FTW! :D  take that US with your freaky networks :D 
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    fellskrazykayaker , February 27, 2012 5:15 PM
    The real test is how this holds up to an ARM based device in terms of battery life. All the processing power in the world is useless if you run out of juice in a few hours. I really hope that it's competitive with ARM.
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    olaf , February 27, 2012 5:14 PM
    EU FTW! :D  take that US with your freaky networks :D 
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    fellskrazykayaker , February 27, 2012 5:15 PM
    The real test is how this holds up to an ARM based device in terms of battery life. All the processing power in the world is useless if you run out of juice in a few hours. I really hope that it's competitive with ARM.
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    pollom , February 27, 2012 5:52 PM
    frozonicis it just me or anybody else thinks AMD is kinda late to the ARM party? i wonder what they are up to.


    the atom is x86
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    jaber2 , February 27, 2012 5:59 PM
    Where Intel goes AMD will follow.
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    tmk221 , February 27, 2012 6:10 PM
    I guess that atom will be much much faster than ARM but what about battery life? I think it's much more important.
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    Anonymous , February 27, 2012 6:46 PM
    I don't think anybody would be buying the reference platforms if they didn't fix the battery life issue. With SoC, I'm thinking it is probably quite efficient. Also hearing it will scale to 2 GHz in turbo mode. Definitely a performer, but agree that it needs to last long. For that to happen, they will also need highly optimized code for x86. I wonder if that is happening or has happened?
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    pacioli , February 27, 2012 7:15 PM
    It's all about battery life!
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    JOSHSKORN , February 27, 2012 7:28 PM
    Makes me wonder, will there be a Haswell Smartphone?
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    back_by_demand , February 27, 2012 8:02 PM
    hmmm, x86 on a smartphone
    ...
    I'll give it 2 weeks and someone will have Window XP running on it
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    ojas , February 27, 2012 8:08 PM
    lmao 1.6 GHz is massive for x86, in terms of the performance you'll get.

    Battery life is the question. Though from what i read on AnandTech, it wasn't so bad.
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    joytech22 , February 27, 2012 8:19 PM
    x86 in a phone?
    Oh I hope modders find a way to install Windows 7 on it.. Lol..

    Better yet Windows 8, it's designed for touch devices right..?
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    nebun , February 27, 2012 8:27 PM
    go intel go.....how come the europeans get all the good stuff....when it comes to smartphone hardware, the US is at the back of the line.....why is that?
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    beetlejuicegr , February 27, 2012 8:39 PM
    Nebun, the answer is simple, US is more apple oriented market? I suppose the % of customers who want to root/unlock/test/tweak their smartphones is larger in europe..
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    olaf , February 27, 2012 9:25 PM
    to bad Orange blows chunks .... droped calls, over taxing, shoddy 3G
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    sonofliberty08 , February 27, 2012 10:13 PM
    jaber2Where Intel goes AMD will follow.

    Fixed: where AMD goes Intel will follow since the K8
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    GreaseMonkey_62 , February 28, 2012 4:10 PM
    Quote:
    is it just me or anybody else thinks AMD is kinda late to the ARM party? i wonder what they are up to.

    You're right. AMD has been quite about the mobile market. I'm hoping they blow it all out of the water with a Llano based ARM processor and they're just waiting to announce that they have one coming this summer.